Ping Pong

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$30 and under
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Asian
Two bags of groceries, a secondhand hotplate and a memorized list of recipes got Pingpong through its first night of business. Now many years later our dream of creating a popular neighborhood casual dining restaurant comes to life each night. We are still inspired by a healthy diet of simple and fresh Asian flavors and the good company of close friends and well-made cocktails.

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GW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service. The only thing -- this restaurant is in an old building, so the noise level is very high on Saturday nights!

J
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Amazing service every time! Would recommend to anyone.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food every single time.

DO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Been eyeing this place for a while with my husband. Unfortunately did not live up to expectations. Egg drop soup is amazing ! Cocktails not worth price. He got duck- okay and I got lo mein- SO MUCH OIL I thought I was drinking it. Maybe we ordered the wrong things but most likely will not go back. Best part was the soup and the chocolate covered fortune cookies.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! Very attentive and made great suggestions. It was my first time dinning there and I don’t plan on it being my last. I loved the chocolate dipped fortune cookie!

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food didn't equal price point as much as I wanted to love this place. The service and atmosphere is cute, but just not great on the entrees.

RK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food at a reasonable price, lovely ambience and courteous wait staff! Great little neighborhood restaurant . Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chinese food I’ve ever had! The tuna tartare and dumplings were outrageous. I had the lo mein - the homemade noodles were out of this world. Would wish I lived in Chicago only to eat here often!

P
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food here is awesome. There were three mishaps during our meal tonight, which was odd - one wrong drink, one wrong noodle dish, and one app that came after the mains - but they fixed everything pretty quickly and the quality of the food just makes up for it. I had an amazing drink also. We got four dishes and two apps between four people with some left over. No complaints on taste or quality!

S
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. Diverse waitstaff (gender and ethnicity, kudos!). Service was good.

C
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always delicious! A great place to dine with friends.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and a great experience.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner with friends.
Food was great. Brussel sprouts missed salt.
I don't eat rice.i whish they had cauliflower rice as a substitution.

c
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner - delightful!

LM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fast and courteous! Food was amazing.

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Great menu and great drink list. Food was meh, compared to all the Asian choices around. Wakamono across the street is one of my favorite sushi places, so i keep wanting Ping Pong to be better than it is. There are several very good items on the menu, so if you know what to order and what to skip, you can make this work. Steamed fish was really salty and not spicy at all, despite having the 'spicy' designation. One dish came with a strip of cellophane in it, so it is unclear how much stuff is simply microwaved rather than made fresh.

M
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very consistent in their approach. Great food, nice ambiance, friendly staff, good people watching

H
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very crowded table placement, but good food and attentive service

JB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Love coming here for dinner every time I am in Chicago. Best food ever. Always flavorful and creative. The calamari appetizer saves my life every time

QQ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was top notch

D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful and we all loved the food and environment. We’ll be back.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very nice Asian experience!the food is very high quality and the cocktails are superb.

HA
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Pan-Asian cuisine here is the best I've had in the year I've lived in Chicago! Their cocktails are *excellent* - I loved my Mexican Mai Tai. The scallion pancakes were very good, and my eggplant and pork dish was satisfying and the portion was generous. We'll be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ping Pong is fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food great service will be back soon

K
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always solid and offers health options. The gold standard in our neighborhood for 20 years

d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was good; not exceptional, but good. Service was good, food was good, the ambiance was actually nice on the inside. I would only recommend this place to people in the neighborhood but I wouldn't recommend anyone come from elsewhere, it's not that great. They don't take reservations on weekends over the phone, btw, but they do take reservations made on OpenTable, which is something I figured out after much talk with the person on the phone.

SK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and service were fantastic! Very good value for the price. The only thing is that the restaurant can get a little bit loud when full.

SY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere great food

BO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend used to live in San Francisco and said this is the best Asian food he's had anywhere outside SF. Excellent service in a great atmosphere.

AP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything about this place is amazing. Get the sweet potato roll, dan dan noodles and scallion pancakes. AMAZING! And great for carry out, too.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Good food and cool ambiance- they were very short staffed and the waitresses seemed stressed as a result. It took a long time to get service. Not sure if that was just a one time issue! Otherwise wonderful experience. Lots of good plates to share!

e
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is consistently attentive and friendly. There are many good choices on the menu. I highly recommed the Quinoa Chicken Bowl, the steamed dumplings, and the Brussels sprouts.
The atmosphere is nice and open.
Staff always have a smile.

c
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good, fresher ingredients, and lighter sauces than most Asian restaurants

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Noodles tasted like ketchup was poured on them. Yuck.

LR
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Unexpected delights in taste and ambience. Service was excellent.

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went on a busy Valentine's Day at 8:30. Staff were busy, but drinks arrived promptly and once our order was taken, it came out of the kitchen hot and timely. Very accommodating staff (we're vegan and had a few changes on the Wild Mushroom dish). Strong, tasty drinks. Good variety of Chinese food. Beautiful restaurant.

PG
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ping Pong has a large and varied menu. There are multiple options for vegetarians And many of the dishes are available either with meat choices or tofu or seitan. The staff is very friendly and it has a cozy atmosphere.